The islands of the Caribbean are a long, expansive archipelago defining the border between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.
The indigenous Arawak Indians were the original inhabitants, supplanted by the more aggressive, Caribs, the tribe in place when the first Spanish explorers discovered the islands for westerners. As each island was in turn colonized by a different European country, British, Spanish, Dutch, French or Portuguese, and slavery introduced to farm, original and highly diverse cultures arose. Today, the colourful legacy of that history is alive in the music, art, architecture and language of the Caribbean Islands.
The geography of each island is unique: some are near deserts and very arid, while others boast mountainous rain forests. The sub-tropical latitudes of the Caribbean provide nearly year-round good weather. The late summer and fall months are at times interrupted by strong storm systems crossing the Atlantic from Africa bringing with them those most powerful of storms, hurricanes.
As one might expect, activities in the Caribbean are largely water oriented – scuba and snorkelling, swimming, boating and fishing. Golf has a strong foothold as does everyone’s favourite pastime at some point – lying on the beach, staring at the ocean and just sitting still.
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Highlights Of The Caribbean
Basseterre – St Kitts
A lush, verdant island, St. Kitts is the larger of the twin-island nation, and it remains a naturally unassuming, uncrowded destination that is a true gem in the Caribbean crown.
Bridgetown – Barbados
Barbados has been dubbed ‘the real fantasy island,’ an appellation that points to its exotic resorts and glorious beaches.
Castries – St Lucia
St. Lucia is indeed a Caribbean dream: a small, lush tropical gem of an island that is still relatively unknown and undeveloped.
Charlotte Amalie – St Thomas
Combining natural beauty with first-rate amenities, St .Thomas offers numerous activities on and off the water, fine hotels and international cuisine
Oranjestad – Aruba
Although shoppers will find central Oranjestad packed with boutiques, shopping complexes and glitzy 24-hour casinos, it is possible to escape this tourist zone and discover the more authentic town
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